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 Post subject: Re: Bushbaby courtship ritual
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:55 pm 
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Sounds like a wonderful sighting to see and just goes to show that one never knows what you can see even when quite unexpected.
I have never seen anything like that so you are very fortunate. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bushbaby courtship ritual
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:43 pm 
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Thank you Elsa for your kind response, we do indeed feel very fortunate to have had such a magical experience. It is these random lucky events that make visiting the KNP such a pleasure.

Also we realised that if we had used a torch to look at these bushbabies, they would not have honoured us with this spectacle. So many people are using very bright LED torches in the camps nowadays to search for nocturnal animals, which surely must hurt their extremely sensitive eyes and drive them away. I would like to appeal to Forumites to please not use these powerful torches for this purpose..


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 Post subject: Re: Bushbaby courtship ritual
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Lesser, I presume?

I've watched two male thick-tailed vie for the attention of a female. It was a rather pugilistic affair in which they hung face to face from a branch alternately by their arms anf legs, using their free limbs to punch and kick, whilst shouting dirty words at each other. The female looked on dispassionately from a branch above.

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 Post subject: Re: Bushbaby courtship ritual
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No Johanrebel, these were also thick-tailed. So I reckon they habitually hang from branches while socialising, no holds barred in love or war!


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